Hot Creek Report

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions:Good
The water is very clear and the flow is around 50 cfs. in the public sections.
The weeds have grown substantially limiting the number of "easy drifts." The fish are still there, however, tucked in front of, under and beside the weeds or any other substantial structure. If you can make the drift, you can have an awesome day!
Water temps are in the low 60's.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good
Hot Creek is an incredible fishery having one of it's best years in a while. The fishing is getting "technical", meaning the fish are demanding good drifts and the weeds and lower level of the creek make this more challenging. Female Tricos start hatching around 7:00 and massive caddis migrations start about the same time.Around 10:00 the Trico spinnerfall begins,along with sporadic PMD's and Baetis.,Midday on it's small Caddis. Options still range from nymphing w/ or w/out an (small) indicator, Dry /Dropper or simply a Dry later in the morning when the fish are active. 4/5/6x fluorocarbon are recommended in these conditions.

Recommended Flies:
Dries-#20-24 Tricos, #18-22 tan and brown Parachute Caddis, Little Weedy Water Sedges CDC emergers in #22 , #12-14 hopper patterns tan/light brown, EC Caddis #16-20 (killer evening), tiny hackled midge dries. Chernobyl Ants (why not).

Nymphs-Lots of tiny midges #22-24 Zebra Midges & WD-40's in olive, grey, black, rust. Olive scuds #16-18, #18-24 PT's, Trico nymphs and emergers #22, Cham Caddis Larva #18, tan Sparkle Pupa #18, Loop Wing tan CDC Caddis Emergers. Harrop's Surface Emergers and other baetis nymphs, #20, Hunchback Infrequents and Sulpher Emergers # 18-20.

Guide's Hint: With the weeds up and the water down, getting a good drift becomes more difficult. Stop and analyze your drift BEFORE making it. Accuracy of where you place the fly is important right now so that you can drift the channels between the weeds. Keep your drifts on the short side and try to minimize slack line on the water. Every drift is unique, however, keeping more line off of the water is generally helpful in getting a better dead drift.

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